‘I’m not sure the chief whip is!’: Labour MPs mock Conservatives over recent defections

Ahead of prime minister’s questions today, a large section of the parliamentary Labour Party jeered Conservatives MPs as they entered the House of Commons, following two preceding sessions which have been marked by defections.

On Wednesday last week, Natalie Elphicke became the latest Conservative MP to defect to the Labour Party, with her statement published at noon exactly.

As Conservative whip Simon Hart took his usual seat to the right of the prime minister on Wednesday afternoon, Labour appeared to beckon him to join the opposition benches.

It prompted an intervention from the Speaker, who insisted: “I’m not sure the chief whip is [defecting]!”

Politics.co.uk is the UK’s leading digital-only political website, providing comprehensive coverage of UK politics. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter here.

PMQs verdict: Sans defection, Starmer continues to mock Conservative dysfunction